For your (and my) diversion, I will keep this space updated with noteworthy reads as I come across them.

My master’s thesis adviser frequently drew parallels between my work on social media usage and the Occupy movement and this book. It wasn’t until I read “the phone book” for my comprehensive exam preparation that I realized how uncanny the parallels are between the apprehension and perceived promise of the telephone and the internet as “space-transcending technologies.”

 

I attribute growing up in the notoriously rusty, post-industrial midwest to my unquenchable fascination with the city of Detroit.  If you share this interest, then Mark Binelli’s Detroit City is the Place to Be will provide you with a thorough and critical overview of the factors that contributed to the decline of the motor city through a critical yet hopeful and forward-thinking lens.  

 

White Girls is a collection of lyrically written essays by Hilton Als that will likely teach you more about race, gender and intersectionality in identity than any introductory sociology textbook can.

 

Based largely on research from the UW, Gift of the Crow offers an entertaining but satisfyingly technical analysis of the surprisingly smart and deliberate behavior of crows, ravens and other clever corvids.

 

Stephanie Koontz's historical analysis of marriage as an evolving social institution is a great introductory read for anyone unfamiliar with the topic.  Koontz provides a high-level overview of changes in the legal and social components of marriage from ancient Babylon to modern day.  In light of the debate surrounding marriage equality in the U.S., I would recommend this book for anyone wondering what 'traditional' marriage does (or doesn't) mean.